Helen Kincaid

Figurines and Asteroids

8th - 16th December, 2012

“My paintings occupy a position somewhere between still life and the moving image,” Kincaid has said. “They explore this idea of instability by emphasising a moment of dissolution or emergence… The slow dissolve, the drift into invisibility, the moment of fracturing, both physical and psychological, suggests the ‘sublime terror’ of being extinguished.”

This show presents new work made especially for Index as well as paintings from her solo exhibition held earlier in 2012 at John Jones. Kincaid’s mesmerising paintings draw on found photographic images, depicting both the monumental and the miniature, the galactic and the domestic. Executed with a captivating subtlety, Kincaid’s paintings are mysterious, mute and utterly compelling. In their different ways both Figurines and Asteroids share a melancholic trace of a moment past, a moment now blurred, distorted and fading into obscurity.                                                                                                                                           Paul Hobson, director of the Contemporary Art Society, said of her work: “The paintings evoke the idea of memory and history in a way that is reminiscent of artists such as Gerhard Richter, but on a more domestic and intimate scale.”                                                                                                                                  Figurines and Asteroids is curated by Grace Davies. Read Colin Glen's exhibition essay here.